The Maine Legislature June 23 overrode Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to grant landowners more meaningful recourse against people who cut down trees on their property without permission. The vote in the House was 108-36, and the vote in the Senate was 33-1. The bill is now law.

The bill, LD 670, allows a landowner within an area zoned for residential use to recover the costs of replanting and restoring trees that have been cut down without the permission of the landowner.

“I’m glad the Legislature agrees that property owners should be able to seek real, meaningful damages against those who illegally remove trees,” said Rep. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport, the bill’s sponsor. “When someone violates your property rights, the consequences should be painful, not just a slap on the wrist.”

Welsh, the House chair of the Environment and Natural Resource Committee, is serving her fourth term in the Maine House and represents Camden, Rockport and Islesboro.